Long-term prosthetic use may not rewire the brain

Even after a year of wearing and using a prosthetic device, participants in a new study still had a mismatch between what they did and what they felt.

Alison Caldwell - U. Chicago • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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7 research-based resolutions that will help strengthen your relationship in the year ahead

Psychology studies suggest a variety of ways you can strengthen your bond and increase your satisfaction with your partner.

Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Professor of Psychology, Monmouth University • conversation
Dec. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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‘Handmorph’ makes grip smaller to up empathy for kids

A new device called HandMorph can help adults get a taste of what it's like to interact with the world as a child, researchers say.

Robert Mitchum-Chicago • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.

Martin J. Sliwinski, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min

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Artificial brain gives robot the smarts for complex tasks

Researchers gave a new robot a "brain", human-like "skin," and vision sensors. The result? A much smarter robot.

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Robotic hand uses soft touch to grip and grab

A new robotic hand may offer just the right touch for automated packaging, medical applications, and picking fruit.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~5 min

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Slow touches make Venus flytraps snap shut

Venus flytraps can not only snap shut when a fly or spider tickles their hairs, but also when slower prey trigger them, research finds.

U. Zurich • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

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Genes may explain why some people love to hug

Twins show that genes play a significant role in how affectionate women are, but not guys. Plus, tips for how huggers can get through social distancing.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~10 min

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How doctors' fears of getting COVID-19 can mean losing the healing power of touch: One physician's story

A give-and-take between patient and provider is essential to patient care. As the COVID-19 pandemic ushers in a new era of medicine, one doctor wonders if this connection will be lost.

Liza Buchbinder, Internal Medicine Physician and Anthropologist, UCLA Health, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

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New VR tech simulates touching walls and other stuff

Virtual reality is great at taking users on a visual journey. But it's not so good for simulating touching objects. A new device could change that.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~6 min

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